Jason Kaestner is an intern with “The D and Davis Show” and an aspiring sports broadcaster at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, where he hosts a weekly online radio show called “Spraying All Fields,” it broadcasts Saturdays at 2pm after D and Davis on chicagolandsportsradio.com.
Jason also is a part of the Regal Radio fantasy football league, WARRFFL, he will provide weekly updates on his experience in the league and takes on playing fantasy overall. Read him here throughout the NFL season.
The losing streak continues. My fantasy football team dropped another one last week, this time to the league’s last place team. They remained in last place while I fell to ninth place, and the season has officially reached the “flip the Monopoly board and throw a tantrum” level of frustration.
Hindsight was crystal clear entering this week, I came into it knowing exactly what I should have done differently. Denver against San Francisco had me thinking Colin Kaepernick would be a fantasy darling in a losing effort. Unfortunately, he didn’t rack up many yards or points vainly trying to keep pace with Peyton Manning. While Drew Brees wasn’t spectacular in a tough match-up and a close loss to the Detroit Lions, his 6.66 extra points would have been welcome in my starting lineup.
Worse yet, I dropped Chris Ivory for Joique Bell at the worst time. Not that I wasn’t pleased to have Bell but had I been smarter about it I could have started both backs for a combined output of 31.20. As it was, Ivory went off early on Thursday Night Football for over 100 yards and a touchdown against New England, leaving the whole weekend for me to fret over my blunder.
If I had followed the example of so many other frustrated fantasy owners and just dropped C. J. Spiller, it all could have been avoided. By the end of the weekend I was relieved of that frustration, albeit a little too late, with Spiller being placed on injured reserve.
The week also proved how much better standing pat can be. Just before game time, I inserted Martellus Bennett into the Flex position as I have done successfully several times this season.
Instead of leaving the rest of my lineup alone, I continued maneuvering, benching Sammy Watkins in favor of Andre Holmes. I was a week too late, though as the inconsistent Watkins exploded for 24.20 points, while Holmes accounted for a meager 3.40 points.
In other weeks these mistake could have been masked by outstanding performances from Julio Jones and Julius Thomas, but each disappointed in Week 7. As has become the norm for me this season, seven of my nine starters underperformed. My opponent started five players that exceeded their expectations. I can add up the points (37.96 missed from the mistakes I’ve outlined) or I can admit that my team hasn’t been as good as they should have been and I have made things worse by making the wrong moves.
Needing change, I have been busy on the waiver wire. My prodigal returns as I reacquainted the again-relevant Doug Baldwin after waiving Holmes. I exchanged Phil Dawson for Dan Bailey in hopes of upgraded output at kicker.
Now rid of the perpetually misused and disappointing Spiller, I’m optimistic that the newly acquired Indianapolis Colts defense rewards me. In a corresponding move, I waived the 49ers defense for Isaiah Crowell in hopes that he can provide flexibility at running back in the remaining weeks before Ryan Mathews returns from injury.
Moving into Week 8, hope is fading fast. I can hope that Doug Baldwin proves to be a spark plug. I can hope that my running backs and wide receivers are more consistent in the second half of the season. I can hope that Drew Brees starts to rival Peyton Manning for fantasy football quarterback supremacy. Unfortunately, none of these are likely to happen. Half a season of fantasy football has left me frustrated and desperate. I need a win in Week 8.
WARRFFL Recap, Week 7
WARRFFL Managers: Black Unicorns (Kyle Means, Commish); Chi Town Runnin Apes (Pharoah, The Varsity Show); Rolling Irsay’s (Davis, D & Davis); Englewood’s Finest (D, D & Davis); Scoop B (Brandon Robinson); Knuckle Sandwich (Champ, The Varsity Show); STAFers (Jason Kaestner); Hurryin’ Hoosiers (Kevin Luchansky); Fist of Fury (Daryl Daniels); Sidney’s Team (Sidney Brown)
Rolling Irsay’s — 5-1
Hurryin’ Hoosiers — 4-2
Chi Town Runnin Apes — 4-2
Fist of Fury — 4-2
Sidney’s Team — 3-3
Black Unicorns — 2-4
Knuckle Sandwich — 2-4
Englewood’s Finest — 2-4
STAFers — 2-4
Scoop B — 2–4
This Week (Points Through Sunday)
Black Unicorns (71.50) vs. Knuckle Sandwich (92.88)
Rolling Irsay’s (135.24) vs. Hurryin’ Hoosiers (132.68)
Chi Town Runnin Apes (52.44) vs. Fist of Fury (167.86)
Scoop B (55.90) vs. Sidney’s Team (131.90)
STAFers (96.34) vs. Englewood’s Finest (68.82)
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